Injured Star Claims He Could Have Led the Los Angeles Clippers to the NBA Finals

Published 09/30/2021, 1:11 PM EDT
Jun 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) and forward Torrey Craig (12) play for the ball against Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. (8) during the first half in game six of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Clippers made franchise history in the 2020-21 NBA season. The Clippers reached the finals of the Western Conference. It was the first conference finals in the history of the Clippers franchise. Clippers star player Marcus Morris recently said that they would have reached the NBA Finals if he was fully fit.

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The Clippers famously fell short of reaching the NBA Finals. They lost out to the Phoenix Suns in the Conference Finals. In the run-up to the Finals, the Clippers lost a lot of star players to injuries, with Kawhi Leonard’s absence being the most impactful one. That said, the Clippers could have still made defeated the Suns with their remaining roster.

Paul George stepped up in the absence of Kawhi Leonard and was aided by Reggie Jackson and Terrance Mann. Despite being a rotation option, Marcus Morris also contributed to the Clippers’ playoff run. Marcus recently said that if he was fully fit, the Clippers could have qualified for the Finals.

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Could Marcus Morris have helped the Los Angeles Clippers?

The Clippers could hold out against the Suns until six games without Leonard. However,it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the Clippers could have used the help of another fully fit starter. Though they had Paul George in the scoring department, in the absence of Leonard, Marcus Morris could have been a great asset on the floor.

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Suffering a knee injury in the playoffs meant that Morris wasn’t “100%” healthy. Knee injuries can often hinder players’ ability to shoot as they would have to exercise care while landing down on the court after they attempt a shot. This can in turn affect their attempted shots percentages as was the case with Morris.

Jun 2, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. (8) defends Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) as he looks to pass the ball in the first half of game five in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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Morris shot only 39.8% from the field, and 37.7% from the three-point line, in stark contrast to the previous game against the Utah Jazz, where he shot 47.5% from the field.

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However, Clippers fans can consider themselves lucky as last season’s team achieved a historic feat for the franchise in reaching the Conference Finals. What remains to be seen is if the Clippers can consistently perform when their roster is fit and healthy.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the Greek Freak.

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